Natchez Festival of Music "MAY SEASON 2014" Packages
Natchez Festival of Music's "May Season" Ticket Packages
Natchez Festival of Music
Artistic Director Jay Dean leads the helm with the Natchez Festival of Music's All You Need is Love Season—and there will be a lot of it! For 24 years, the Festival has been the primary sponsor of live, world-class music and theater, as well as internationally and nationally recognized performers, in southwest Mississippi and the eastern region of central Louisiana (the Miss-Lou) year-around leading up to the May Festival Season.
In 2013, the Festival hosted international superstars Paul Groves, Lucas Meachem and Emily Pulley along with regional treasures Maryann Kyle and Robert Grayson in A Bel Canto Gala, with a first-rate concert of familiar pieces from Carousel, West Side Story, Les Misérables, and other beautiful operas. This was a "rare musical experience, the kind that is normally only available in cities like New York, London, or Milan..." Opus3Artists, New York.
This fall, the Festival features Beethoven and Mozart in Eternal Elegance, followed by Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, and the Christmas Cabaret. February brings the traditional Valentine's Gala. May 2014 Season is the greatest with A 50th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles, tributes to Leontyne Price, Jerome Kern and Maria Callas, Hollywood's Greatest Hits, Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore, Tosca, and the Festival traditions—a recital by virtuoso pianist Jonathan Levin, the Musical Wine Tasting and the fun-filled Sunday evening performances in the Eola Lobby. Select events include parties and galas at historic homes and churches, making the events particularly special.
Power of the Angels
Join the Natchez Festival of Music, in cooperation with the Opus Sanctorum Angelorum (OSA), on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at the historic St. Mary Basilica, 105 South Union Street in Natchez, Mississippi for an once-in-a-lifetime inspiring concert of celestial choral music and lecture on the Power of the Angels. Priests from the Work of the Holy Angels will alternate with choral compositions for a listening experience that is truly heavenly. Enjoy the amazing sounds of heaven as the priests of the community of OSA tell about the Choir of Angels and their purpose. Special lecturers will be Father Joseph Doyle, SSJ, Father Matthew Hincks, ORC, and Father Ludwig M. Oppl, ORC. Musical selections will be performed by singers from the University of Southern Mississippi Opera. This lovely event is sponsored by St. Mary’s Education Commission and is a special way to prepare for Easter. For more information, contact Hedy Boelte at email@example.com. This is a free community event although donations are welcome. All proceeds benefit the Festival and its annual May Festival Season. For a memorable experience in Natchez, spend the weekend and enjoy the tours, fare and entertainment that only Natchez on the Mississippi River offers. For more, go to natchezfestivalofmusic.com, stmarybasilica.org, visitnatchez.org and natchezpilgrimage.com.
Festival of Music Packages
Enjoy many performances from the Natchez Festival of Music's "May Season" Packages! The ULTIMATE Package indulges you with 11 elaborate and beautiful performances, the ENCORE Package features 9 performances, the APPLAUSE Package - 6 performances AND if you are 45 years of age or younger, you can enjoy the YOUNG PATRONS Package delivering 5 performances! Come out and join the Natchez Festival of Music for superb entertainment!!!
A Night at the Oscar's I
OPENING NIGHT - You will not want to miss A Night at the Oscars I - The Greatest Songs of Hollywood! First Presbyterian Church of Natchez will be transformed into a wonderful concert hall for Opening Night. The Natchez Orchestra and vocalists will captivate the audience, leaving everyone spellbound with their renditions of pieces from the very best productions, including favorites from the 1970's to the present. The Red Carpet Reception at the Historic Natchez Foundation across the parking lot from the performance venue will begin with adult cash bar refreshments one hour before curtain time. Performance Venue: First Presbyterian Church, 400 State Street. Pre-Party: Historic Natchez Foundation, 108 South Commerce Street. Call 1-800-647-6472 for special pricing for K-12, Adult with K-12, College with Current ID and Active Military. Begins at 7:00pm.
Sanctuary--the influence of church on music of the Western world - is a "must experience" performance by virtuoso pianist, Jonathan Levin, who returns to Natchez with a performance which will tickle your senses as his fingers fly up and down the keyboard.You will see first-hand how his body and the musical instrument become one. This will be heavenly against the backdrop of Trinity Episcopal Church's exquisite, historic, stained-glass windows. Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church, 305 South Commerce Street. Call 1-800-647-6742 for special pricing on K-12, Adult with K-12, College with Current ID and Active Military. Begins at 3:00pm.
Rossini, Puccini & Martinis
For a LOT of fun, join the Festival performers in the Grand Lobby of the historic, downtown Eola Hotel for an evening of live entertainment. This is a VERY relaxed event you will not want to miss! Free performances. Cash bar. Venue: Eola Hotel, 110 North Pearl Street. This event is scheduled for Sunday, May 4, 2014. Begins at 7:00p.m. No ticket needed for performance!
Ol' Man River, the Music of Jerome Kern
Natchez loves Jerome Kern for his musical productions, but particularly for "Show Boat", which was filmed in Natchez. Ol' Man River grabs your very soul and takes everyone to the multi-faceted personality and memories of the Mighty Mississippi River, rolling prominently in the heart of this nation, carrying with it generations of history. Enjoy Kern's great musical scores while feasting on the cuisine of Mississippi's own culinary star, Chef Regina Charboneau, at antebellum Twin Oaks. Regina will be signing her new book on Mississippi cuisine entitled Mississippi Current. This will be a special evening for all. Venue: Twin Oaks, 71 Homochitto Street. Begins at 7:00pm.
The Beatles Coming to America
SIGNATURE EVENT - The Beatles Coming to America was just like "Yesterday." Enjoy the Classical Mystery Tour Group as they present the Festival's Signature Event at the Natchez City Auditorium with a 50th Year Tribute to John, Paul, George and Ringo. Festival Artist Director, Jay Dean, says that they are about the best he has seen for the look and sound of the real Beatles. Floor and Stadium seating. Venue: Natchez City Auditorium, 207 Jefferson Street. Call 1-800-647-6742 for special pricing for K-12, College with Current ID, or Active Military. Doors open at 5:30pm. Show begins at 7:00pm.
Tribute to Leontyne Price
Known for her vibrant and soaring voice, Mississippi soprano, Leontyne Price rose to international acclaim in the 1950's and was one of the first African-Americans to become a star at the Metropolitan Opera, the company that would become her artistic home. The standing ovation that she received opening night lasted more than forty-two minutes, the longest ovation ever given at the Met. Relish her celebrity and lifetime of achievement with a breath-taking, inspirational tribute performance recital in the historic and spectacularly beautiful Temple B'Nai Israel in Natchez. Choice of one of two performances. Pre-performance event details will be posted on website. Venue: Temple B'Nai Israel, 213 South Commerce Street. Call 1-800-647-6742 for Special pricing for K-12, Adult with K-12, College with Current ID and Active Military. Performances at 3:00pm and 5:00pm.
Rossini, Puccini & Martinis
For a LOT of fun, join the Festival performers in the Grand Lobby of the historic, downtown Eola Hotel for an evening of live entertainment. This is a VERY relaxed event you will not want to miss! Free performances. Cash bar. Venue: Eola Hotel, 110 North Pearl Street. This event is scheduled for Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 7:00pm. No ticket needed for perfomance!
In the Mood - A Big Band Ball
Top the charts while you dance away the night with an evening of hit parade Big Band music in the historic Natchez Eola Ballroom. Enjoy sweet and romantic melodies, jazz and swing-era music at this elegant event. Cash bar. Venue: Eola Hotel Ballroom, Eola Hotel, 110 North Pearl Street. Call 1-800-647-6742 for Special pricing for K-12, Adult with K-12, College with Current ID and Active Military. Begins at 7:00pm.
This comedic story of love between two classes takes place aboard the British ship H.M.S. Pinafore when the captain's daughter falls in love with a sailor. The production is packed with musical pieces with trifling lyrics which immediately draw the audience into the plot with hearty laughter. Enjoy adult cash bar refreshments in the Great Escape Club Room at MMPAC one hour before performance. Venue: Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center, 64 Homochitto Street. Call 1-800-647-6742 for Special pricing for K-12, Adult with K-12, College with Current ID and Active Military. Begins at 7:00pm.
A Musical Wine Tasting
Wine, tapas and a Mississippi River sunset! Enjoy the wine sommelier in a selection of wines with complimentary tapas. This event is paired with live musical entertainment on the backdrop of the late afternoon Mississippi River sunset. Must be 21 years of age to purchase tickets and attend. Venue: Magnolia Bluffs Casino, 7 Roth Hill Road. Begins at 5:00pm.
The World of Maria Callas
You will not forget this evening of tribute to internationally acclaimed soprano, Maria Callas, one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. In 2006, Opera News wrote, "Nearly 30 years after her death, she's still the definition of the diva as artist - and still one of classical music's best-selling vocalists." Callas was seductive, full of intrigue - and the woman in the life of Aristotle Onasis before Jackie-O. Enjoy adult cash bar refreshments one hour before performance. Pair this event with "Tosca" performed the next night for a real treat! Venue: Waverly Plantation, 790 Highway 61 South. Call 1-800-647-6742 for Special pricing for K-12, Adult with K-12, College with Current ID and Active Military. Begins at 7:00pm.
Tosca is a passionate story set to some of Puccini's most beautiful music. It is a tale of a woman caught between her fugitive lover and the malicious police chief who is chasing him. This dynamic, musical drama is filled with lust, pain, outright evil, and life out of control. Enjoy adult cash bar refreshments in the Great Escape Club Room in the MMPAC one hour before performance. Pair this event with "The World of Maria Callas" performed the night before for a real treat! Venue: Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center, 64 Homochitto Street. Call 1-800-647-6742 for Special pricing for K-12, Adult with K-12, College with Current ID, and Active Military. Begins at 7:00pm.